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Picturing Gov. Perry’s Aggie Days

Perry’s college photos drawing interest

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    Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University

    Commentary
    by Bruce Felps

    To paraphrase the immortal Henny Youngman, “Take our governor … please.”

    All manner of local, state, and national media outlets will do just that — take Rick Perry during his quest for the highest office in Washington, D.C. — and, hey, the district’s abbreviation kind of matches Perry’s college transcript — and put him under a microscope reserved for presidential aspirants.

    Recently, a pair of photos showing Perry during his early college days at Texas A&M started making the rounds. The accompanying article at Texas Tribune described his freshman year as the time when A&M relaxed its enroll-and-join-the-cadets-corps policy and admitted civilian students, which, according to the article, created an us-and-them campus environment with Perry as “a staunch traditionalist devoted to the corps.”

    That might explain Perry’s look in one of the photos as a member of Omega Theta Pi.

    You can’t help but feel kind of sorry for someone under such intense scrutiny, but then again, he asked for it, and be careful what you ask for.

    That goes doubly for American voters.


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He thinks politics just totally screws up government. 

    The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.